8 November 2022, 11.30-13.00 - Room 6 – Palais de l’Europe

Interpretation: EN/FR

Human rights represent the agreed ethical guidelines for most democracies, but how equitably they are applied in practice is a matter for debate. The struggle against discrimination was one of the driving forces behind democracy’s advances in the previous century. Today, however, growing disparities of wealth, of influence and of access to public or private resources, goods and services are undermining the very concept of equality which underpins democratic citizenship.

Could strong antidiscrimination policies therefore make democracy more resilient? What level of economic inequality is sustainable in a free and democratic society? Can the free market/capitalism still be considered as a good faith partner to democracy? Can modern democracies survive in an environment of increasing distance between privilege and privation, discrimination and entitlement?

Forum Talk 4: Discrimination and privilege – Are Inequalities unravelling our societies?
Palais de l'Europe, room 6 8 November 2022 - 11.30-13.00
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Full screen: ENFR / ORIGINAL

moderator moderator


Director of the Center for Research on the Southern System and Wider Mediterranean (CRiSSMA), Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milano


panel panel


Director of Migrant Rights Centre


Edel McGinley has been with Migrant Rights Centre Ireland (MRCI) since 2006 and leading the organisation as Director since 2014. In her time in MRCI, she coordinated the Justice for Undocumented campaign, communications, work on anti-trafficking, and Domestic Workers Action Group. She sits on several boards and was chair of the Platform for the International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants (2016- 2022). Edel is committed to working with others across civil society, to supporting new and emerging organisations and work, and supporting diverse voices to build collective power. She is passionate about empowering communities and campaigning for change.



Director, Europe Regional Office, Amnesty International. Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe (2012–2018)



Activist organiser for justice, United Nations, author of "How to Fight Inequality"

discussant discussant


Professor, Department of Economics at Boğaziçi University


He is a 2020/21 Mercator-IPC Senior Fellow and a professor of economics at Boğaziçi University. Adaman completed his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics at Boğaziçi University and his PhD at Manchester University. His research focuses on environmental economics; the relationship between food, agriculture, and economics; history of economic thought; political ecology; Turkey’s political economy; and social policies. He was the advisor to the rector and chairperson at the Department of Economics at Boğaziçi University. He has been a visiting scholar/researcher at the University of Bologna, Erasmus University, the University of Utah, Purdue University, and the University of Massachusetts. He works on the topic of social exclusion for the Türkiye expert team of the European Commission. As a Mercator-IPC Senior Fellow, Adaman will focus on the relationship between transformations in the agricultural sector and the climate crisis as well as the food regime and policies.

IRERI Anne 2022


Executive director at the Federation of Women Lawyers-Kenya and the Chairperson of the Elections Observation Group (ELOG) Steering Committee.


Anne W. Ireri is highly qualified in Law, Human Rights and Management. Anne W. Ireri has consulted with the African Union and the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre, Ghana on International Humanitarian Law. She is also a recipient of the United States International Visitor Program on Women and Leadership. Anne was named the Top 40 under 40 woman in 2019 by the Business Daily and was the Kenyan representative to the inaugural RAISA Global Women Leaders Program. She has a keen research interest in state responsibility toward legal protection and security of vulnerable members of society. She has served on various boards of organizations in Kenya that focus on women’s empowerment. Anne W. Ireri is currently the executive director at the Federation of Women Lawyers-Kenya (Democracy Innovation Award Winners in 2018) and the Chairperson of the Elections Observation Group (ELOG) Steering Committee.

rapporteur rapporteur

Juliette LASALLE

Political Science student